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Sure I do know the Lebron XVI was launched ten or eleven days in the past however typically a shoe doesn’t want three weeks of break in time to get every part working accurately. I do need to be aware that my pair had some damaged Zoom fibers which I can truthfully say I’ve by no means seen nevertheless it didn’t have an effect on the cushioning in any respect.

Perhaps I’ve simply been consuming an excessive amount of 🤷🏻‍♂️

Professionals: a lot improved traction, identical cushioning, possibly a contact decrease and firmer, match, improved stabilty and containment

Cons: nonetheless rides excessive, some heel slip to start out

Sizing recommendation: true to measurement or no matter you bought within the XV

Finest for: Gamers wanting most balanced cushioning, larger guards-bigs

Shopping for recommendation: hypebeasts will go nuts for these since Bron is in LA however gamers ought to nonetheless wait. $185 is the priciest bball shoe on the market as a result of Nike and Lebron identify. $150 or much less is truthful (what I paid, thanks Dick’s, Twss) $80-95 is across the backside.


I might care much less concerning the weight and at 18.5 ounces the XVI is a chunker even for a mid (this isn’t a low). Most mids weigh round 15 ounces whereas lows common about 13.5-14 ounces. Hit the fitness center children for those who can’t deal with just a few further ounces.


Simply probably the most improved space from the XV to the XVI. The XVI incorporates a sample very similar to the Soldier XII which coincidently I reviewed final month. It isn’t fairly as skinny and pliable just like the Soldier XII nevertheless it works nicely, much better than the XV.

Suppose swolled up Soldier Xii blades.

The rubber used on the XVI is softISH however the blades are thicker than what the Soldier XII used so it doesn’t chunk or brush fairly as nicely. You even have to interrupt within the traction just a few hours particularly within the forefoot to get higher chunk nevertheless it doesn’t take lengthy. Some occasional wiping is required on dusty flooring as nicely however not typically. Simply probably the most improved a part of the shoe from the XV and it’s the most effective traction on a Lebron sig for the reason that X.

Nicely executed Nike!


These began out a stiffer than the XV however broke in inside just a few hours to present a really related albeit nonetheless a bit of stiffer experience to the XV. If you happen to cherished the cushioning on the XV you’ll love these.

Each the XV and XVI experience pretty excessive so for those who choose a decrease experience don’t purchase these. Final 12 months’s XV rode very excessive so no less than these are again right down to Lebron X vary.

These nonetheless sit round 25-26 mm on the forefoot (down from 28-29) and 30-31 within the heel (down from 34-36) which is an efficient 3-4mm decrease than final years (10-15% ish) so for those who like Kobe or Curry low to the bottom these should not for you. I personally like them decrease nevertheless it’s all desire and there’s no proper or unsuitable reply right here. Among the finest gamers I do know who’s an extremely shifty guard, Lifetime Health Final Hoops MVP, semi professional MVP (who actually gained the championship and MVP yesterday) and one man wrecking crew loves his XV’s so simply comes to indicate you it ain’t the footwear.

Zoom executed proper is an ideal stability of affect safety and responsiveness and nicely, that’s what you get with the XV and now XVI.

Nicely executed Nike!


I went true to measurement with the XV and I went tts with the XVI as nicely (finger width on the toe). I attempted on half a measurement down as nicely however I simply most well-liked true to measurement. I’ve mentioned it many occasions earlier than however you’ll be able to match a couple of measurement so experiment with every shoe for those who can.

Discover how the “tongue” pulls up for simpler entry. I’ve by no means had points placing one piece footwear on however this could assist those that do.

No deadspace in any respect within the toe field for my fats toes (I believe slender footers can go down half a measurement) however I did have a bit of heel slip in my left shoe the primary few nights within the XVI. I made a decision to make use of the decrease eyelets to assist and it actually labored since it’s decrease and additional again. HOWEVER, it’s a ache within the as* to do it as a result of there’s glue inside and between the holes (kinky I do know) so it took a strong ten minutes to relace simply the highest eyelets! Perhaps arthritis is setting in nevertheless it was tough and made the Harden V1 relacing appear simple. Let’s simply hope Nike doesn’t name further eyelets one thing like “lace customization expertise” #advertising

Right here you’ll be able to see how far again the eyelets are arrange an ordinary Kobe VI

That is the way you speed up break in time

What was actually affecting the heel match was the stiffness of the midsole out of the field. It actually needs to remain straight however for those who bend them like I do with a whole lot of footwear, it helps soften up the froth so it conforms to your foot a lot sooner. As soon as once more this can be a mid known as a low so heel slip actually shouldn’t be a problem.

General the match was excellent however the heel took a while to interrupt in. After break in, it felt so much just like the Hyperrev 2016 heel the place it’s locked in however simply feels type of “floaty”. Very related design when it comes to how the padding is about up across the Achilles.

If you happen to don’t like the sensation, go discover a Kobe or one other shoe nevertheless it simply takes a while to get used to it.


Battleknit Half Deux

I believe shoe corporations and so known as shoe consultants are lastly realizing that softer and stretchier doesn’t equal higher. Nike’s Battleknit 1.zero was comfortable with extra reinforcement than earlier Flyknit functions.

Knit 2.zero feels prefer it’s backed by a thicker backing however stays versatile however with much less stretch. It wouldn’t shock me if it’s the identical kind of fuse used on the Lebron X however lined in knit. I actually like how these have been executed and really feel good to the contact. Flyknit actually permits much more texture and shade blocking that mesh doesn’t enable. That’s the principle advantage of Flyknit…nicely that and better revenue margins.

Assist and Stability

The NBA has gone postionless and so have the footwear.

We now have mids known as lows and lows known as mids (See Kobe AD Mid). These are decrease tops not low tops however are larger than my Soldier VI. The one distinction is how the slope of the shoe is extra gradual. No matter

No matter nomenclature, assist is minimal and comes from the heel counter and match similar to the XV.

Stability drastically improved simply by including a tiny outriggers alongside your complete lateral aspect.

I didn’t fear about tippiness in any respect as a result of these little millimeters added a whole lot of further stability. Thanks Nike, no consulting price this time round.


Battleknit 2.zero works!

Really it’s a mix of the massive heel counter, thicker Battleknit and the raised portion of the toe. No points right here


Perhaps Nike and Lebron go to my web site in spite of everything haha. I’m not that egotistical nor do I care however every part I didn’t like concerning the XV (except for the experience top) was mounted. Higher traction, higher stability and containment. Hell, subsequent factor you recognize, a leather-based gap puncher will likely be included with every shoe.

So do you have to purchase the XVI now for $185? Ten {dollars} greater than the upcoming AJ 33 🤢 btw. Nope, I walked into Dicks (that simply sounds unsuitable) had a 20% off coupon and acquired these for $148 plus tax. Like all basketball footwear that aren’t artificially limiting provide , these will likely be coupon eligible after which finally discounted after which discounted once more because the season progresses. Anticipated these to get down the $149 mark inside a month or two then slap a 20% coupon to get you right down to a strong $120. The longer you wait, the extra you save #rulesofretail

Though I choose a decrease experience top, that is the most effective throughout Lebron to come back out in years. Nice traction, cushioning, match, stability and containment make this a fantastic shoe for many gamers. Nice performer throughout with no main weaknesses which sounds so much just like the shoe’s namesake. Lastly a Nike sig shoe executed proper.

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